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, the dow gained three-quarters of a percent, and so did the nasdaq. the obama administration announced new rules today for contraceptive coverage under the affordable care act. faith-based non-profits, like hospitals and universities, would be allowed to issue health insurance without providing coverage for contraceptives. however, employees and students would be able to obtain a separate policy at no cost to the employer. more than 45 federal lawsuits have been filed challenging the contraceptive coverage requirement, claiming the mandate violates religious beliefs. protesters across egypt defied curfews to chant against the rule of egyptian president mohammed morsi. the protests cap a week of political rioting that left up to 60 people dead. and tonight, some of the protests reached the doorstep of the president in cairo. demonstrators hurled objects, including firebombs, over the wall of the presidential palace. morsi was not inside. opposition parties called the protests in an attempt to win concessions from the president. in pakistan, a suicide bomber attacked a shiite mosque, killing
. i was there in the whiter house briefing room yesterday when president obama came out and called on congress to take action to avoid those massive cuts to pentagon spending known as the sequester which kick in march 1st. if march can't pass a big bill, they ought to pass a small bill to delay the sequester for a few more months. house republicans led by john boehner immediately said no way. here we go again. the party of no opposing anything obama wants. we will tell you about that. also tell you the latest on drones and a lot more here on the full court press. but first, let's get the latest. lisa ferguson is here. well, she is not here. she is in los angeles with today's current news update. hi, lisa. good morning. >> close enough. los angeles, d.c. good morning, everyone. the president is in annapolis today after 10:00 this morning and atends the conference at the western annapolis hotel. vice president biden is swearing in john kerry as secretary at state from the state department and then later this evening, he is speaking at the house democr
. president obama will talk strategy with senate democrats today, looking to gain support for his ambitious second-term agenda that includes guns, immigration and the looming budget war. the president arrived in maryland in the last hour where he's going to spend the day in annapolis. it's his first chance to speak to senators directly about his proposed quick fix to avoiding the sequester with the acts about to fall in just a matter of weeks. now the sequester, which is a doomsday machine of $1.2 trillion in cuts, the pentagon would take the brunt of that blow with the rest of the pain coming to domestic programs. >> our economy right now is headed in the right direction. and it will stay that way as long as there aren't any more self-inflicted wounds coming out of washington. so let's keep on chipping away at this problem together, as democrats and republicans, to give our workers and our businesses the support that they need to thrive in the weeks and months ahead. >> the president's called for a fix of short-term spending cuts and tax reform hit a brick on capitol hill. politico reporti
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a brick on capitol hill. politico reporting that obama's plan dead on arrival, and house speaker john boehner was speaking on capitol hill, right now saying that his party plans to stand with the american people and we want to show you exactly what he had to say about that yesterday. >> on two occasions has passed a plan to replace the sequester. it's time for the senate democrats to do that work. it's time for the president to offer his ideas about how to replace the sequester. >> his first answer to everything is new taxes. and when you think about it, what happened in january, he got $600 billion in new revenue, where were the spending cuts? now again he wants to raise taxes. i think it's time for us to cut spending. >> now with 1,379 days gone since the last time congress passed a budget and with the country poised to take a poison pill of cuts, what will it take? >> not passing a budget is shameful. and now you have the president saying well, i'm against the sequester cuts. well okay, great. well what are you going to replace them with? >> the republicans have other ideas. put th
>> good evening. more on president obama's of the union. >> late breaking details about a police training -- trainee during a training exercise this evening. it happened at owings mills. george, bring us up to date. >> we have learned a trainee was shot by an instructor. the trainee is in surgery and is alive but the circumstances of the shooting remained a mystery. it was around 3:00 when a helicopter arrived at shock trauma carrying the injured police recruit. authorities say he was shot in the front of the head during a police training exercise by a baltimore city training instructor. the trainee fighting for his life. >> he is able but any -- is stable but any thoughts about nor logical outcome at this point our too early. >> the shooting happened at the former site of the rosewood hospital in owings mills, used for police training activities. authorities would not discuss which tinning was taking place or why live ammunition was being used during an exercise. >> i get it. you want answers to those questions. that probably have more questions than you have. it will take time
be easily confirmed by the democratic-controlled senate. he would succeed timothy geithner. president obama is in north carolina this afternoon seeking support for the plans he laid out in the state of the union address. >> working americans, specifically in manufacturing, have president obama's attention today. he is in asheville, north carolina visiting an engine parts supplier. he said job creation with his north star. >> is our generation's task to reignite the true engine of economic growth, a rising, thriving middle-class. >> the president called on congress to raise the minimum wage, help homeowners refinance, promote early education, and create jobs by promoting energy and manufacturing. but first, he said that congress passed to agree on a balanced budget that cuts the deficit. >> cannot just cut our way to prosperity. >> gop is responding with this whether video. >> doesn't add a dime to our deficit. >> republicans say that the spending needs to stop. >> we have seen an unprecedented mounting of spending and debt that will impact not only us but our children and theirs. >> another
-old in the country. today, obama is visiting a prekindergarten classroom at an early childhood learning center and then he's speaking at a community recreation center in georgia. later this afternoon the president has another google fireside plus hangout. it is a modern day spin-off of roosevelt's fireside chat. the president will talk more about his state of the union address and you can join him at the white the white house's youtube page. >> the proposed increase would take place over the next two years and would take the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour up to $9. speaker boehner is saying that would cause more problem for the nation's unemployment and the reason why people have minimum wage jobs is because they come into the labor force with no skills. someone working a full time minimum wage job is only making $15,000 a year. that's barely above the poverty line and that's before paying taxes, before paying into medicare and social security. white house officials say raising the minimum wage would have no negative effect on the nation's unemployment and would give some 20 million
administration, president obama's administration, charged with this duty is the director of office of management and budget, historically that has been the case. but my concerns go deeper than that. i believe that every public official in this nation owes an absolute loyalty to the united states, to the betterment of this country and its government. and to the institutional processes that lead to the governing of america. there can be no doubt that every government official from the president on down is accountable to the institutions of our government and to the people, ultimately, without doubt the direction of o.m.b., the director of o.m.b. has such a duty. he's required to meet that duty with honor, honesty, efficiency, and responsiveness. he serves us. we don't serve him. he serves the american people. the american people send their money to washington and they expect it will be honestly and openly managed, accountable. they have every right to demand high performance from all officials, but particularly the director of the office of office of management and budget. surely there can be no h
and blocked president obama as a president. i feel like a democratic president should be able to put into the cabinet who he wants to put in that position. the simple fact is, he is the president. why should a democratic president allow people like lindsey gramm, john mccain, who ran for president -- the federalist papers speaks directly about the filibuster. hamilton's book about this. when a small minority is able to -- is able to stop the progress of the american people, please put somebody in have of them speak on the filibuster. pull some -- put somebody in and have them speak on the filibuster. host: here are some quotes about the luster -- the filibuster. an independent culpa --call from michigan. caller: there are more important issues. i think this is a slap to our presidency and an insult. host: on twitter -- being park, illinois, chris and the republican line. caller: if you look closely at what republicans are objecting to, it is one or two things. especially because mr. hagel is a republican, he looks alarmed getting attacked on those accounts. if he has an honest disagr
world and the real-estate world. people are still walking away from loans. mr. obama who you had on a moment ago, he gave cover for the gaping holes in the banking system. every 40 or 50 years, real- estate does this. it creates problems and is a drag. i hope that somehow we are able to get through this. thankfully, the best technological invention ever made is the mute button. you use it when the president comes on tv. it is so nice. host: a couple of stories from "arizona republic." talking about remaining allusive, according to the headline, "the president's allies in the peace process gained traction." host: this follows up in today's "the washington post," in the world section. "without some kind of initiative under way, the administration fears that the united states will be accused of abandoning the region." host: patricia, st. paul, the soda. -- minnesota. you are on. caller: on for what? host: your retirement plans and if they have been delayed by the financial crisis. caller: financial plans, depending on yourself, have a lot to do with whether you can retire or not. so
website at off. in chicago yesterday president obama talked about his gun control proposal. do you think congress should consider a proposal and vote? be prepared to tell us why or why not. here are the numbers. 202-585-3881 for republicans. 202-585-3880 for democrats. you can always send us e-mail. "the chicago tribune" picked up the story, talking about a wide range of issues. gun violence is the main topic of the speech. the reporter says -- part of the speeches today look to congress and what they should do. here is what he had to say. gu[video clip] >> ivory -- i recognize not everybody has to agree with our issues. different from upstate and downstate illinois. these proposals deserve a vote in congress. they deserve a vote. [applause] and i want to thank those members of congress who are working together in a serious way to try to address this issue. host: playing off of that repeated phrase, that is the question we propose to you, whether you think they deserve a vote. whether you do or don't, you could call on the lines that represent you. we have put this on twitter a
wrote to president obama asking for the underlining memos that the administration still has approdeclined to provide to congress. 11 senators signed that. a total of eight democrats and three republicans. democrat ron wyden was leading the charge on a letter. the chairman of the senate judiciary committee patrick leahy was on the letter on the democratic side. on the republican side, a motley crew of senators. you had mike lee of utah, grassley of iowa, susan collins of maine. that sort of indication of where you get concerned about the drone issue on the hill. you see a smattering of liberal democrats concerned in the house and a small handful of libertarian-leaning republicans that have expressed concerns on this issue. host: these underlying memos that the members of congress want, do they have to do with just drone strikes in general, drone strikes that have occurred against other alleged al qaeda operatives? guest: they may not happen to withdraw on strikes in general. they might have to do with drone strikes in specific. one of the issues that came up here is our anwar
as the manhunt for christopher dorner comes to a head. >>> president obama are pushes for a $9 federal minimum wage. gun control and immigration reform will any pass? >>> plus mardi gras leads into ash wednesday. >>> and senator marco rubio's water lights up the twitter sphere. >>> and the top dog right now. >> announcer: this is "early today" for wednesday, february 13th, 2013. >>> good morning. i'm mara schiavocampo. we've got two major stories this morning. president obama is telling supporters he needs their help to make the changes he proposed in his state of the union address. republicans say they oppose higher spending and tax increases. but first, the latest from california on what may be the fiery end to the huge manhunt for accused cop killer christopher dorner. nbc's tony chen is in big bear with the latest. tony, good morning. >> reporter: morning, mara. good morning, everyone. let me tell you the last 20, 21 hours have been absolutely incredible. i want to give you the latest information. we just got this within about the last hour, hour and a half. that that cabin that was burnin
house stonewalling. white house is urging quick approval of the two nominees. >> president obama today will award the medal of honor for a former soldier and heroic efforts in afghanistan. former staff sergeant will receive the nation's highest military honor for his actions during an attack on a remote outpost in october of 2009. he is just the fourth living person to receive the award for service in iraq and the afghanistan. 5:07, 37 degrees on this monday morning. >> still ahead in a hollywood actor wants to reach out to the former lapd police officer wanted for murder. >> good monday morning at 5:10. it is a wet start. got to get going, the roads will be a little slow because of the wet pavement. meteorologist adam caskey if it is at the national harbor this morning. i see all the dampness. something happened this weekend. >> what happened? clerk somebody turned another year older. happy birthday. >> thank you. 29 again. it feels great. feels fantastic to be 29 again. right. i have my umbrella this morning and national harbor. it is a light drizzle coming down right now. the heavy
. evidences 88 years old. >>> this morning we are hearing from president obama. he sat down with cbs's scott kelly for a prefragame intervie. talked about the possibility of another tax hike. president obama talked about america's favorite past time football as millions of us were getting ready to watch the super bowl, he clarified comments. when he wasn't sure he would let his son play football. here's the latest response. >> it is a great support. i am a huge fan, but there's no doubt that some of the concerns that we have learned about when it comes to concussions have to give parents pause. as i said before i feel differently about the nfl. these are grown men, they are well compensated they know the risks that are involved. but as we start thinking about the pipeline, high school, college. i want to make sure we are doing everything we can to make the school safer. that means the game is going to evolve a little bit. for those of us who like to see a big hit and enjoy the rock em sock em elements of the game we are probably going to be occasionally frustrated. i know defensive players g
and president obama. meanwhile, in other political headlines, jesse jackson jr. has been charged with misusing campaign funds. federal prosecutors filed the indictment against jackson friday. practices cuters say jackson diverted about $750,000 in campaign funds for personal use, including a $43,000 gold plated rolex watch and more than $22,000 in michael jackson memorabilia. >>> "the washington post" is reporting that fbi agents had been looking into allegations that new jersey democrat senator bob menendez patronized prostitutes while in the dominican republic. "the post" cites sources familiar with the investigation says new evidence has been found to support the claims so far. >>> and president obama in his weekly address today told the american public that cuts in federal programs will hurt the middle class. >> i disagree with republicans who think we should do that by making even bigger cuts to things like education and job training, or medicare, and social security benefits. that would force our senior citizens and working families to bear the burden of deficit reduction while the wealt
will not take away your rifle, shotgun, hand gun, they leafletted the country with flyers like this, obama's not going to take your gun, obama will protect gun rights, and now he's trying to take away all three. i don't think you can trust -- >> senate majority leader harry reid says he hopes gun legislation will come out of the judiciary committee but he was noncommittal over whether he would sign an assault weapons ban. >> would you vote for it? >> frankly, she knows, i haven't read her amendment, i didn't vote for the assault weapons last time because it didn't make sense but i'll take a look at it. >> i will bring in "washington post" columnist ruth marcus and senior staff writer for "the hill" alex bolton. good monday morning to both of you. ruth, this is the president's first big sell to the american people. what do you think he needs to say here? >> well, the president said he was going to give it everything he's got. i think what he needs to say is look, don't listen to the nra, listen to logic or listen to the nra from a number of years ago when it supported universal background c
-- in a new interview airing today on tele-mundo, president obama is sharing his time line for passing immigration reform. >> the senators themselves have said that they would like to see legislation done by march. that they would like to present that not only to the fellow members of the senate, but also the american people. i think that's a reasonable time line. the important point here is that we have been working on this for a long time. we know what the issues are. i have a bill drafted. we have language. >> also new today, outgoing defense secretary leon panetta is offering a sobering deadline that triggers automatic across the board cuts. >> let me tell you, if sequester happens, it is going to damage the readiness of the united states of america. we have the most powerful military force right now. it's important to providing stability. if it goes into effect and we have to do the kind of cuts that will go right at readiness, right at maintenance, we are going to weaken the united states and make it more difficult to respond to the crises in the world. >> joining me now, peter a
fuel did leak into a nearby river. >>> in just a few hours, president barack obama will speak to the nation in his annual state of the union address. the economy will be the focus. but he'll touch on other issues, including gun violence. tara mergener reports for wjz, from capitol hill. >> reporter: president obama wasn't offering a preview of a state of the union address to reporters this afternoon. >> mr. president, how is the speech? >> we'll find out tonight. >> reporter: white house aides say improving the economy and creating jobs will be front and center, when the president speaks to congress and the country. >> as he outlays his plan tonight, everyone will see that if we work together, that we really will have a robust future. we can build namiddle -- that middle class. >> reporter: republicans want to hear president obama's plan for tackling the ballooning national debt, rising healthcare costs and the growth of government. >> a second term offers a second chance. and if the president wants to regain the credibility he's lost over
journey goes forward and the state of our union is strong. >> tonight president obama delivers this year's address live on c-span. with our preview program starting at 8:00 p.m. eastern and the president at 9:00. followed by the g.o.p. response and your reaction. the state of the union tonight on c-span, c-span radio and you can also watch the address and republican response live online and in high definition at it will be available on demand through the website, along with the tea party response from senator rand paul and you can use the website to make clips and share them via social networks an email. that's at and join in our facebook discussion prior to tonight's state of the union. our question, do these events matter? let us know what you think. >> i think we hold up brown as this amazing feat that we accomplished this, that we rolled back segregation and then we look at what happened afterwards and we see how incredibly difficult it was. devicive in some ways but also that you had this very incremental progress after that, that was very fr
of the united states. >> president obama delivered his fifth state of the union address. >> the greatest nation on earth cannot keep continuing biz interest drifting from one manufacturer to the next. >> they deserve a vote. gabby giffords deserved a vote. the families of newtown deserve a vote. >> senator marco rubio gave the republican response. >> nothing has frustrated me more than that. >> he was a little tense nervous drinking water through his speech. >> i thought a light was about to fall on him. >> he's thankful for their loving friends. >>> towing the cruise ship to alabama. >> flooding raw sewage. >> all that -- >> the show winner the affenpinscher affenpinscher. >> how about that? stone faced. >> he just pulled off a back flip as the snow is taking him down that mountain. >> -- and all that matters. >> the ceo of apple sat with michelle obama. you can't sit close to your wife surrounded by nurds. >> i literally couldn't move my legs. they had to pick me up and put them into my next outfit. >> now there's a job. >>> welcome to "cbs this morning."
? as a new leader takes over at the state department today, president obama is in minnesota at this hour trying to build pressure on congress to support his gun proposals. will he be able to overcome deep-rooted opposition? joining us for our daily fix, chuck todd, msnbc news chief, political director, and host of "the daily rundown" and "new york times" chief washington correspondent david sang ar. first to you, chuck, on guns. the president in minnesota. the white house making a very big push. the question as to why they had to react to the conspiracy they'rists who questioned his -- the white house comment about his skeet shooting at camp david zoosh well, they've always been what i would call overly reactive to they call it the beast, feeding the beast, and they mean sort of social media, the sort of advocacy media, when it's talk radio, whatever you want to call it, and this was just mother one of those instances where they felt that they saw a couple of articles that they thought were getting traction, and they thought, well, let's put out this photo, but, of course, even as david
leadership, the faith-based leadership, and, again, a shout out to president obama, his cabinet and the members on both sides of the aisle that stood by this region, the gulf coast, to rebuild after all of these years. and, mr. president, in conclusion, it's my only hope that after passing the sandy supplemental we will stand united with the northeast as they rebuild bigger, better, stronger, hosting the next super bowl, which is a real symbol of resurgence and rebuilding and resurrection. thank you, mr. president. and i yield the floor. mr. harkin: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from iowa. mr. harkin: mr. president, this week is a milestone for working families across america. 20 years ago this week, president bill clinton signed into law the family and medical leave act. you know, there are many laws that we pass here in washington that most americans never have reason to know or care about. the fmla, by contrast, has changed this country in profoundly important ways. it has touched the lives of millions of working families. it's almost hard to imagine today
without legal. more factual legal and president obama's budget, a defense official tells us the president will probably delay the budget plan until sometime in march. the obama administration has been signaling the a blueprint would miss the deadline because the debate in washington over taxes, spending, and the deficit. it was supposed to be delivered to lawmakers yesterday. if you are worried about food safety the agriculture secretary tom vilsack says we need to cut back on a number of inspections on meatpacking plants unless congress can avoid the across-the-board spending cuts that take effect in march. he says the agriculture department is studying how to handlewhich could also impact nutritional programs and food safety research. we know we are in a housing recovery, but the d.c. market is on fire. i will have more on that in the next hour. live at bloomberg headquarters in new york, linda bell reporting for abc 7 news. back to you. >> thank you. we will see you shortly. 4:38 34 degrees at this hour. >> still ahead, a frantic scene in the heart of baltimore. a huge warehouse fire >
part of this morning reading them. yet the obama administration within months of taking office released several olc memos describing the legal justification for the treatment of terrorist detainees in u.s. custody. do you think it was appropriate that a different standard was applied to the release of the memos from the bush administration than those produced by the obama administration? >> i do not think there was a different standard. >> one was released within four months of the obama administration taking office. the other had been requested for a very long -- a much longer time. >> i am not a lawyer. i have come to learn of the term dui generis. the olc memos released after the president came into office were released because the program was terminated. olc wiolll counsel opinions, and those opinions were looked at in a different way because of the sui generis circumstances. >> both are essential for the ability of congress to carry its oversight responsibilities. finally, the intelligence reform act and terrorist prevention act of 2004, with which you are very familiar and which i
doubled under president obama but should he take any credit for it. >>> landing in political trouble, legal troubles may be ahead. >>> if you're among the millions who watch the super bowl just for the commercials, we'll point out the controversial ones you won't want to miss. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in the situation room. today wall street reached a milestone we haven't seen in years. for the first time since 2007, the dow jones industrial average climbed above the 14,000 mark. the average has more than doubled since bottoming out at 6547, 6,547 just after president obama took office back in 2009. let's get quickly to alison kosik. she's at the new york stock exchange. it's just above 14,000, alison. >> it is. what's interesting, as we see the dow cross over 14 thourk for the first time in five years, believe it or not, not everybody thinks it's a big deal. some people say it's a nice round number that we like to talk about and others say, yes, it is a milestone after the economy pretty much fell to pieces. now this is a sign that things are finally come canning back. remember this
american hero. >> president barack obama extending olive branch to religious institutions making changes to the contraception mandate are they really accommodating or just gimmicks? we will hear from the president of a catholic university in just a little bit. >> and let's get ready to rum bible. we -- rumble. brian kilmeade live from new orleans superdome in just moments. he did a great job down there yesterday he will do a better job today because it is super bowl sunday. ifst ffsz begins right now. >> peter gabriel for you this morning. welcome in to "fox & friends" on this super bowl sunday. super bowl 47. san francisco 49ers vs. the baltimore ravens live from the big easy. >> you guys ready for some good bean dip and beer and wings later. >> bean dip? i'm a guacamole guy. >> i will send you recipe. my sister-in-law made buffalo wing sauce. she said i would almost these frozen it is so good. franks hot sauce. shredded chicken. >> i put that on everything. >> franks hot sauce. >> you future on anything. >> twinkies. >> put it on a shoe and it would taste good. >> brian did a great job
of the union address tomorrow night. later this week, work on a bill that would overturn president obama's executive order giving federal employees across-the- board pay increases. follow the house live here on c- span when members return tomorrow. and the senate is in session today. they gambled in earlier to continue work on the bill authorizing the violence against women act. that legislation provides prosecution for violent crimes committed against women, while enhancing provisions for native american, guay, and other victims. final passage vote is expected tomorrow. watch the senate live on c- span2. tomorrow, the senate armed services committee holds a hearing on the series of automatic spending cuts known as sequestration. those cuts are scheduled to start taking place march 1. we will hear testimony from deputy defense secretary ashton carter and members of the joint chiefs of staff on what the impact of sequestration will be. see the hearing live tuesday at 9:30 a.m. eastern on c-span3. earlier today, pope benedict xvi announced he will resign february 28 due to health concerns.
them online for your free consultation. back to you. >>> kristy, thank you. >>> president obama is getting ready for tonight's state of the union address. the economy will be the focus of his speech. but he'll touch on several other issues, including gun violence. tara mergener reports for wjz from capitol hill. >> reporter: president obama wasn't offering a preview of his state of the union address to reporters this afternoon. >> mr., how is the speech? >> we'll find identity tonight! >> reporter: white house aides say improving the economy and creating jobs will be front and center when the president speaks to congress and the country. >> as he outlays his plan tonight, everyone will see that if we work together, that we really will have a robust future, we can build that middle class. >> reporter: republicans want to hear president obama's plans for tackling the ballooning national debt. rising healthcare costs and the growth of government. >> a second term offers a second chance. and if the president wants to regain the credibility he's
had debated how to reduce gun violence. but this time, it's different. >> reporter: president obama talking about the need for gun control reform during his state of the union address tuesday night. in the audience was carolyn price, a maryland mother, whose son john was killed by violence in 1998. >> it brings it all back home. make its fresh again. >> john was accidentally shot by a 9-year-old neighbor who was playing with a loaded gun. in 2009, she helped pass the maryland gun safety act. >> that was groundbreaking for maryland back then. but now what we're trying to do also is to condition with that. >> at the state of the union, she sat with families whose lives were also torn by gun violence. including gabby give on the other hands. >> it was very excite being. something i'll never forget. >> during the speech, he called to get ammunition off the streets. >> each of these vote -- people deserve a vote in congress. >> hardest thing i had ever done was lose my child. at the end of the day, i'm just john's john's mom. >> reporter: and price we
in the west. >>> these cuts don't have to happen. a warning from president obama earlier this morning about what looming budget cuts will mean for you if no deal is reached. he says it's everything from big flight delays to major layoffs. we're live at the white house. >>> and the first lady gets footloose. michelle obama shows off her lighter side as she busts a move with jimmy fallon. and she's proving she knows how to get a big laugh. today, saturday, february 23, to get a big laugh. today, saturday, february 23, 2013. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. welcome to "today" on this saturday morning. i'm lester holt. >> i'm erica hill. how about the first lady with the moves there. >> great moves. jimmy fallon -- who did we thought he looked like? >> there was discussion in the studio that jimmy fallon was looking a little tina fey-esque. >> nice to have the first lady in the building for that. >> yes. >> there's a little of the performance. it looks like they had time to rehearse this. >> the evolution of the mom dancing. >> from "pulp fiction." >>> meantime, w
be harder to pass through congress. president obama said the vast majority of americans agree with the proposal. your thoughts? for democrats, 202-585-3880. for republicans, 202-585-3881. for independents, 202-585-3882. also, on social media, or post your comment question on facebook. and you can e-mail us as well, president obama was in minneapolis yesterday talking about gun control. here is what he had to say on background checks. [video clip] >> the vast majority of americans, including gun owners, support background checks for anyone trying to buy a gun. [applause] so, right now democrats and republicans in the senate are working on a bill that would ban anyone from selling a gun legally for him -- selling a gun to anyone legally prohibited from owning one. that is common sense. there is no reason we cannot get that done. that is not a liberal or conservative idea, it is a smart idea. we want to keep the guns out of the hands of folks who should not have them. senators from both parties have come together to propose a bill that wo
watched it he seems unprepared on the questions he quite frankly knew was coming. >> members of the obama administration and leon panetta are defending hagel. dempsey says he thinks highly of hagel and is x confident of his abilities after speaking to him in private. >> i will say in my conversations he was well prepared articulate and precise. >> you are confident he could do the job? >> i am not going to speak about confidence. he could be my boss. >> reporters trying to thin the tied against hagel. what are they saying? >> leon pan nineda said it was politics that led to the fierce questioning by the armed service committee in capitol hill. >> it is ob yut the political knights were after hagel. >> what disappointed me was that they talked a lot about past quotes. what about what the secretary of defense is confronting today. we didn't spend a lot of time discussing those issues and in the end that counts. >> hagel should have been questioned more about issues like the war in afghanistan, the turmoil in the mideast and the looming budget cuts that could severely impact the pentagon. in
said. senior obama administration official told us chuck hagel's testimony was not perfect he had a long day as he tried to explain away past public positions about important issues like iran and israel. >> give me an example where we have been intimidated the jewish lobby to do something dumb in the mideast or anywhere else. >> do you agree you shouldn't have said something like that? >> yes, i do. i have already said that. >> if he is confirmed he would be the first vietnam veteran to ever serve as secretary of defense. some of his supporters yesterday tried to highlight his service while comparing him to another senator who had a much smoother confirmation hearing last week. >> john kerry, chuck hagel with are a band of brothers out of vietnam with that special bond. i am sure you will utilize that and remember and make those two departments perform their function best serve the president and best serve the country. >> a senior obama administration tells us they think senator hagel tried hard to answer the questions in good faith but they were shocked and disappointed there wer
. obama thinks because his son should not play football because it is dangerous. sending females into front-line combat units -- that is not too dangerous. in the twisted liberal mind, we have to get women -- we have to get a couple of players to admit they are homosexuals. then it will become a cause -- host: thank you for the call. a front page under the fold, a picture getting a lot of attention. this photograph, an executive order pulled to document the president's skeet shooting. we will talk more about this and a couple of minutes. naperville, ill., good morning on the republican line. caller: yes. i think the officials should take some responsibility as far as blowing the whistle sooner. umpires should take more responsibility. host: to life for the call. from "the new york daily news," "bam." a picture snapped last august, it shows his mastery of shotgun while skeet shooting. the white house released the photograph saturday, possibly to muzzle critics suggested obama was posturing when he talked about shooting in an interview with "the new republic magazine." this is how
'm tempted to describe president obama's spending and tax ideas as small ball, but they're worse than that. they represent a conscious decision to neglect some of the most pressing issues that confront our country. you might even say it's a dereliction of duty in the battle to save america. last week, the congressional budget office projected that our gross national debt will increase from $16 trillion in 2012 to $26 trillion in 2023. now, that may seem like a long way off, but just since president obama has been president, the national debt's gone up by 55%, just in the last four years. but if you project that forward to 2023 when some of these young men and women who are working here as pages will be looking at entering the work force and looking at their futures, all they will see ahead of them is debt and a reduced standard of living. this is what lies ahead for all of us unless we embrace real spending cuts and unless we deal with the unfunded liabilities of medicare and social security. now, president obama has a secret strategy for getting our debt under control, we'd all love to he
. >>steve: that's deep. >>gretchen: in a few hours president obama will ramp up his campaign-style push for new gun control legislation. he's heading to minnesota to focus on that state's efforts to curb gun violence. the president's plan? he had a heated topic on fox news sunday for both sides of the issue. >> and there are some commonsense things we can do to make this country a lot safer. universal criminal background check, identifying the mentally ill and getting those records into the system. >> there's going to be fees. there's going to be paper work. there's going to be law-abiding people caught up in a bureaucratic nightmare. and there's going to be abuse in terms of prosecutions. and it's all going to affect only the law-abiding people. the criminals could care less. >>gretchen: many gun rights advocates concerned the president's plan impacts on the second amendment. >>> at least eight people died, dozens injured after a tour bus crashes into two vehicles into a mountain road in southern california. officials said it had brake troubles. crashed into a car, flipped over and cra
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